My review for this will be posting tomorrow, so keep your eye out for that! After reading this, still can’t wait to get my hands on it. It was so good and there was so much intrigue in this book. Cannot wait until the third one!
I haven’t been reviewing this series on the blog — I don’t have much to say about them even though they’re enjoyable — so it hasn’t been featured as much. Still, I’m really enjoying how he’s pushed out a whole series in one year! Can’t wait to see the ending.
I know this book has a lot of controversy around it. However, I’m still really looking forward to it and I’m glad that Zhao took a step back, edited, and then is coming out with it. I have this one preordered!
If y’all have been following this blog long enough, you’ll know how much I loved this series. The Wicked King left me absolutely breathless. This finale will probably kill me, but I’ll love the process of dying.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sky in the Deep, but I’m still excited about this book. I have an ARC of it, so after I reread the first book (even though this isn’t a traditional sequel) I’m going to jump into this one!
This is another ARC that I have! No clue how I swung it, but I did! I wasn’t in love with Nevernight but Godsgrave was a big step up so I’m excited to see how the story concludes. Especially with that cliffhanger!
Oh my. Do I have many? Yes. Hold on because I’ll probably upset you with at least one of them.
Schwab is a pretty sub-par author.
First unpopular opinion and I’m playing with the big boys now.
But, seriously. When I look back on when Chantel and I read A Darker Shade of Magic (our joint review is here), I rated it higher than I should have. It was fine, but it wasn’t that great. Then, I finished that series and hated it. I’ve also read City of Ghosts and, well, hated it.
The thing is, she had great ideas, but I hate how she carries them out.
JKR is a horrible person.
I’ve majorly had to separate myself from her as a person and an author. I will not read anything new she comes out with. Those Harry Potter “textbooks” she’s doing? Not buying them. I won’t read another Cormoran Strike novel. I won’t go see her damned pointless movies, Broadway show, or anything else.
I think she’s a horrible person, one I can’t endorse. She’s not a human rights advocate when she blocks and lets her rabid fans attack people from cultures outside her own for not representing them correctly. Not to mention queerbaiting and transphobia.
Authors can ship whatever the hell they want to.
For a while, Chantel (who does our Twitter) was lurking and reading the threads that popped up about authors and slamming them for shipping incest in books or TV shows. I’m pretty sure this was more around Game of Thrones (which is 100000% incest last I checked).
But, I don’t give a shit what authors ship. Whatever they want to ship is fine. Shipping doesn’t denote what they really believe about the issues at hand. I’m chill with incest ships, but that doesn’t mean I advocate for people to have incestuous relationships.
I don’t like Six of Crows.
I just can’t with it. I think it’s the YA aspect of it because I love adult books that have heists and a gang of unlikely people teaming up. But, it just was so boring and I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.
The Illuminae Files series is pretty meh.
I swear I’m going to go back one day and re-rate this series on Goodreads. I gave all of the books four stars but, when I think back at them, I’m like “they were just okay, not really good”. The plots are basically the same in all the books. The characters are all the same. I honestly don’t remember much of them and I have no plans to read them again or read anything else those two authors colab on.
Lila Bard is insufferable.
Yeah, I hate her. I think she’s just dumb. I know I’ve seen arguments about if male characters did what she did we wouldn’t feel that way about them. But, no. Stupid is stupid.
I don’t care if the person is man, woman, or another identity. If they’re doing stupid, impulsive things I’m going to think they’re dumb.
Same with Sirius Black.
I hate Sirius. Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far. I just don’t like him. When he died in the books, I never felt sorry for him. I felt for Harry. But Sirius was a shitty person. I know it’s because he was emotionally stunted at the age of 20ish from spending years in jail. He never had a chance to mature. But, I still don’t like him. He’s as bad as Snape.
I have major side-eye for people who think Snape is a redeemable character.
I just don’t get it??? He bullied children. He physically harmed them. He tried to kill people. He was a Death Eater.
But, suddenly, when he’s ~~in looooveee~~ with Harry’s mom and was a double agent the whole time, that’s forgiven???? Sorry, but no. I think Snape is a shitty person. And his love? Jesus Christ that’s not love. Imagine you have a friend who was best friends with someone else. This person hangs out with the wrong crowd, insults them, and bullies people. Would you tell your friend to get with them and that they’re just some misunderstood creature? I sure as hell wouldn’t. I’d be telling my friend to watch their back.
I’m tired of forced romances (i.e. The Gilded Wolves, Spin the Dawn, Six of Crows, etc.) rather than keep characters friends.
Ugh. Romance is so overrated. It gets in the way of epic fantasies/heists/gang of people. I love books like IT where romance is kinda there but it’s literally not that important. All of those books I listed had forced romances and they just made no sense to me.
Overall, I wish there was less romance in YA period.
I know that relationships and fitting in is a huge part of the teen years. I know Erikson’s theory about identity v. role confusion. And, for a lot of people, testing identity goes hand in hand with relationships. However, I think most romance is pointless in YA. I’m fine with it when it’s done well, but most of the time it destroys the plot and then there’s love triangles (when I’ve never seen one IRL). Also, I start skimming and miss things in the book because I don’t want romance.
What are your unpopular opinions??
Do we share any?
I’m one of those people who reads basically anything. So, that means, I have a lot of genres I read and genuinely enjoy. Usually, though, I fall back pretty heavily on fantasy or sci-fi. I like being transported away, that’s for sure!
First book because it’s at the forefront of my mind thanks to my buddy read! It’s just got so much going for it, tbh. History, fantasy, amazing characters. Just a great read and I’m glad that I picked it up.
I definitely think that this is more NA than YA, but the book is still fantastic. I love the world that it’s immersed in and the plot is just spectacular. I’ve loved the direction of the series, but this book genuinely slayed me.
Yes, this is more horror but it also has elements of fantasy that I can’t help but pay attention to. I love the group of kids that it follows and the lore behind it is just super interesting. I really want to dive back into this sometime soon!
Definitely my favorite adult fantasy in 2019! Like with the other books, I loved the characters and plot. I also loved that this is a standalone fantasy novel. That’s so rare and I love that it’s completely done.
Like with It, this is very much a horror novel, but it blends in Inuit folklore. Definitely not a book for everyone, but it was damn good. I highly recommend the mini-series that AMC did, too! Which is now on Hulu!
Looking for a fantasy heist? Look no further! Jackson wove a wonderful world out of this. And there’s also a budding sapphic romance that will (fingers crossed) be explored more in the sequel! I was totally breathless thanks to this book.
Cross together Expedition Unknown and Destination Truth (with the MC like our beloved Josh Gates) and you have this book. I read it in one day, completely entranced by it. It’s more realistic fantasy — and is very blended with horror — but it’s amazing.
This book is obviously fantasy. And I love it. It’s one of those books that I think everyone should try, but I know that not everyone will love it. A good portion of people I know don’t like it, but I love it and it’s solidly fantasy.
Unpopular opinion, but this is definitely one of my favorite HP books. Maybe my favorite, but it’s so hard to concretely nail this one down. Part of me wonders if it’s influenced by the color of the book…
I love the illustrated edition of this. I gleefully hoard them and I’m starting to get worried about running out of room on my shelf since I own so many copies of the books. But, I will find a way to make them all fit.
I don’t talk about Tana French enough, I think. This one isn’t my favorite by her, but I feel so blessed that the publisher gave me an e-ARC and that I had the chance to read it early. Plus, you know, it has my favorite color on it.
Okay. I love TV shows and movies and all of that. Seriously, I spend most of my time watching TV or horror movies. While reading. It’s me living my best life, don’t judge. Therefore, I’m so happy that I can think of some fantastic TV shows or movies that were based off books!
I’m nearly 100% sure that I’ve done a tag or answered a question around these lines. But, I couldn’t find anything when I searched for a post. So, either way, let’s see the characters that remind me of me!
Also, I’m breaking the rules. Not all of these are book characters! Why? Because I watch a lot of TV.
Cue embarrassment. Oh man. Our first book reviews for this blog. I’m not going over to Goodreads because that’s too much work, but I’m doing our first 10 books that were reviewed on this blog. Let the embarrassment begin!
Also, at the end of this post, I’m going to fill y’all in about what’s going on in my life. There have been some hard times the past few days and I wanted to let people know. I’ve been open on Instagram and Goodreads, but I know not all of you follow us there.
I love rain. Seriously. I love it. Rainy days are my favorite days and it always pisses me off when I can’t stay home to read during it. Hell, even when it’s not raining, I’ll put on rain sounds. But, these are some genres I love reading on rainy days.